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Member since: Tue Aug 28, 2012, 07:58 PM
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About Me

I was born in North Carolina. I plan to die in North Carolina. But, I have traveled, a lot.

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Prothonotary Warbler by Jillian Ditner; Coastal black mangrove photo by Nick Bayly

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Jan 25, 2021, 01:57 AM (3 replies)

Lady Gaga Wears Schiaparelli Couture with Giant Dove to Sing National Anthem

Since we don't have a Fashion or an Arts and Culture group I am a posting here. I hope it's okay. ❤ lmsp

Lady Gaga Wears Schiaparelli Couture with Giant Dove to Sing National Anthem
Long a supporter of Joe Biden, Lady Gaga donned a gold-encrusted dove pin on her red and blue ballroom custom Schiaparelli Haute Couture gown to sing the national anthem at Biden's Presidential Inauguration ceremony.
by Joshua Glass

While many have had the honor (and for some, embarrassment) of singing the US national anthem, Lady Gaga's special performance of the song at today's Presidential Inauguration for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had a special meaning.

The star, who has long been a supporter of Biden, appeared in a ladylike Haute Couture ensemble custom designed by Daniel Roseberry for Schiaparelli.

Gaga's fitted navy jacket topped a flowy washed red silk faille, making the singer look more like a political ambassador than a pop star. On her chest the musician donned a gilded dove brooch, no doubt a message of peace and unity to a country torn by political division. Like Biden and Harris' outfits, symbology was clearly intentional.

Design of Lady Gaga's Custom Schiaparelli Haute Couture Inauguration dress by Daniel Roseberry
"As an American living in Paris, this ensemble is a love letter to the country I miss so dearly and to a performer whose artistry I have so long admired," said the designer, who most recently made headlines for creating Kim Kardashian's "hulk" dress for Christmas, in a statement. "Maison Schiaparelli is honored to have this chance to dress the iconic Lady Gaga on this historic Inauguration Day. God Bless Lady Gaga and God Bless America.”

More at the link.


Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Jan 21, 2021, 09:17 PM (7 replies)

So sweet. We really don't deserve them. They're too good for us.

Also reminds me of this...

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Jan 20, 2021, 03:10 PM (0 replies)

BMJ weighs in


Rigid safe distancing rules are an oversimplification based on outdated science and experiences of past viruses, argue Nicholas R Jones and colleagues

More at the link.

❤ lmsp
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Jan 20, 2021, 03:01 AM (0 replies)

Speaker Pelosi looks ten years younger!

Tomorrow’s inauguration of President-elect Biden means America will finally get a well-deserved breath of fresh air. #TheReidOut


Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:46 AM (21 replies)

Frontline PBS, Biden, Trailer



Airs on January 19, 2021

Season 2021: Episode 8

FRONTLINE tells the story of how crisis and tragedy prepared Joe Biden to become America’s next president. Those who know him best describe the searing moments that shaped President-elect Biden and what those challenges reveal about how he will govern.

❤ lmsp
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Jan 19, 2021, 06:09 PM (2 replies)

B-52s, Love Shack Official Video

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Jan 19, 2021, 03:37 AM (0 replies)

Remember Mes Aynak?

In 2013 DU was instrumental in helping to save this amazing archeological site in Afghanistan. A movie was made by my friend Brent and he announced an update that I thought some of those who helped out in the past would be interested in hearing about.

Here's an update:

From Brent E. Huffman the filmmaker:

This Tuesday, January 19, 2021, I'll be showing "Saving Mes Aynak" and will be giving important updates about the situation at the site. A BIG thank you to all who have supported the effort to save Mes Aynak over the years!

The fight to save an ancient Buddhist city continues.


From previous posts:


Updates on Cultural Property News

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Jan 19, 2021, 12:22 AM (2 replies)

Just 11 Minutes of Exercise a Day Can Help You Live Longer, According to New Study

Just 11 Minutes of Exercise a Day Can Help You Live Longer, According to New Study
It only takes a few minutes a day to stay healthy and live longer.

Andrea Romano
January 10, 2021

...The study itself sampled over 44,000 men and women for a period between four and 14 and a half years, during which 3,451 participants died (7.8% mortality rate). Using activity monitors to measure "moderate-to-vigorous" physical activity, scientists used these calculations and compared them to participant's time while sedentary.

Over all, people who worked out 35 minutes a day saw the biggest results in terms of health, especially joint health, but the study also showed that people who exercised at least 11 minutes a day could also see some benefits, Metro reported.

Sedentary lifestyles certainly have a strain on people's health. While sitting may seem harmless, being stuck in a chair at least eight hours a day for work could be hazardous to long-term health. In fact, a study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, showed that people who work desk jobs are twice as likely to die early.

11 minutes is definitely a lot less time than most previous studies reported to have real health benefits, however, this recent study concluded that past studies relied on "self-reported exposure data," which means they worked off of people's recollections of physical activity rather than hard data. And, of course, human memory can prove faulty.

More at the link.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Jan 18, 2021, 04:32 AM (1 replies)

American Reckoning - A PBS NewsHour Special Repor

American Reckoning – A PBS NewsHour Special Report


Special | 56m 46s

Following the aftermath of the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, “American Reckoning – A PBS NewsHour Special Report” looks at the economic and racial history that led to a political divide between Americans, the impact of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric throughout his presidency and the next steps for the nation to heal from the recent attack on American democracy.

Aired: 01/15/21

Rating: NR

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Jan 17, 2021, 05:58 AM (1 replies)
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